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AliasStudio Canvas Symmetry Tool

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The Canvas Symmetry Tool in AliasStudio is a very useful tool for quickly getting you ideas and designs down on “paper”. The Canvas Symmetry Tool has two modes, Radial and Bilateral both of which can be modified to suit your particular needs. Click the link below to see a video of the Canvas Symmetry Tool in action.

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Created by Aaron… Your Alias CAD Geek

New Batch brewing at INCAT labs……2009 Data Management Batch Plot that is

Last year the crew here at INCAT Labs created our FREE batch plot application for downloading. We have recently released the 2009 based version for use.

Download it here

“The INCAT Autodesk Data Management Batch Plot application was created to provide batch plotting and printing capabilities for vaulted Autodesk CAD files within Autodesk Vault and Productstream.”

This version supports the following programs:
Autodesk Vault 2009
Autodesk Productstream 2009
AutoCAD 2009
AutoCAD Electrical 2009
Autodesk Inventor 2009

Check 1, Check 2, Mic check……whoops….Model Checking for Autodesk Inventor 2009

The INCAT CAD Geeks team is at again…We have created a model checking tool for Autodesk Inventor called Icheck. This tool will allow to create, enforce, and share your company modeling practices and 3d CAD standards. Down below are a a few examples from the list of 70 different checks.

Read more on our website and check out the demo with this link.

Enjoy and let me know if you have questions by emailing me at

Kevin with the INCAT CAD GEEKS

Sample checks from Icheck for Autodesk Inventor

File Name and iProperties Ensure adherence to file naming conventions and population of Inventor iProperties.

First Sketch Constrained to Origin check – Ensures that you and your co-workers lock down your sketch to the parts origin – an easily forgotten yet important step. Now iCHECK is your double-checker.

Fully Constrained Sketch For many users, remembering to fully constrain your sketches is easy to overlook. Now your are just one button click away to highlighting and finding anything you might have missed in your part file.

Part Feature Order, Part Feature Sizes and Suppressed Features Not Allowed Help make better 3D part modelers out of your designers by using these checks to control and monitor your modeling best practices.

Adaptivity & Visibility Setting In the context of the assembly, use iCHECK’s Autocorrect feature to find any parts you might have left invisible or in adapativy mode and quickly switch them back.

Drawing Dimension Override One of the most powerful features Inventor allows is reuse of your model dimensions in your drawing. Using this check ensures no one can override the texts for those powerful model dimensions.

Allowed Dim Styles Setting CAD standards is one thing, enforcing them is another. Use this check to make sure your users use the correct COMPANY Dimensions Styles in your drawings.

$95 CAD Training update….

A few weeks back I mentioned our ILDL program, $95 Instructor led CAD training from YOUR desk. Well the web site is live so check it out HERE

Link to blog post discussing the details

Kevin with the INCAT CAD GEEKS

First Ever….Inventor Web based user group meeting

Last week we hosted the first ever Inventor web based user group meeting. Over the last 4 years here at INCAT myself and my team have launched 5 land based user groups and 3 web based user groups. Last week was the kick off for the Inventor web based one, where as the other two focus on Data Management and AutoCAD Electrical. Learn more about our user groups HERE

We covered 4 topics:

  • 3d Grips
  • Imate basics
  • icheck for Inventor (3d CAD Standards Checker)
  • Highlighted a few Inventor 2009 new features

The recording of the webcast will be posted HERE and if you would like to sign up for future emails about our user groups please take this SURVEY Even if you didn’t make the meeting, this survey will allow you to tell us if you want future notifications about user groups etc.

Thanks and hopefully you can join us for a future meeting.

Kevin with the INCAT CAD Geeks

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